Departmental Profile

The only centre for Advanced Legal Studies in NE India.
Date of establishment: March 23, 1976.


The department aims at providing-
  • Quality legal education at the LL. M. level.
  • Full-fledged research experience at the Ph. D. level.
  • Critical Legal Thought and socially relevant education.


Prior to 1976, there was no institution in North East India imparting higher-level education in Law at the LL. M. level. The need of an institution for higher education in Law as felt by the people of this part of the country since long. The Faculty of Law took resolutions to open LL. M. in as early as 1969, but it did not materialize for want of LL. M. teachers. During the national emergency a decision was taken by the university to hand over the existing Law College to the Government of Assam and to establish a post-graduate department of Law in its place in the campus itself.

Initially there were only four teachers- Prof. N. Sanajaoba, Dr. Haren Kalita, Dr. A, Hussain, and Sri A. C. Deka- all LL. M. degree holders from other universities, and classes were held in the afternoon. Justice K. N. Saikia joined the first four and taught LL. M. students for a couple of years. Many of the teachers joined in 1984. it may be recalled that Dr. N. K. Singh, Sri A. C. Buragohain, Sri R. P. Kakati, Dr. S. Kanunjna, Ms. Stuti Deka, Ms, Aparajita Baruah, and Dr. A. K. Sinha, among others, lent their services as part-time/ guest lecturers.

The department has produced more than 100 LL. M.s, 20 Ph. D.s, plus provided manpower to Indian judiciary Bar and Law schools.

Facilities & Assets

An excellent departmental library with over 3000 books.



Major areas of Research-

  • Constitutional Law
  • Administrative Laws
  • Criminal Laws
  • Human Rights
  • Humanitarian Laws


Stuti Deka
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Constitutional and Administrative Law
B K Chakraborty
LLM (Bombay) PhD (Gauhati) Commewrcial Law (Guest Faculty)
Aparajita Baruah
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Constitutional and Administrative Law
Ramesh Chandra Borpatragohain
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Constitutional and Administrative Law
Chandamita Sarma
LLM (Gauhati) Criminal Law (Guest Faculty)
Subhram Rajkhowa
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Dauhati) Constitutional and Administrative Law
Jupitora Devi
LLM (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Criminal Law (Guest Faculty)
Rupali Debbarma
MA (Delhi) Criminology and Human Rights
Smita Deka Baruah
LLM (Gauhati) Human Rights (Guest Faculty)
Smita Sarma
LLM (Gauhati) Human Rights (Guest Faculty)
Utpala Barman
LLM (Gauhati) Human Rights (Guest Faculty)




Department of Law
Gauhati University
Guwahati- 781 014, Assam, INDIA
Phone No : +91 - 0361 - 2700420 ,
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Website :


Workshops/Seminars held regularly on frontier areas/themes.

Other activities of the Department include-
Opened two centres.
Centre for Humanitarian Law Studies (E. C. Approved in 2002)
Centre for Refugee Law Studies & Research (E. C. Approved in 2002)
Proposal to open Human Rights Centre.
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